Bologna February(13 Posts)
I love Bologna. You’d struggle to find somewhere bad to eat, TBH. It’s a lovely working city, and the times when I’ve been there it’s not been too touristy either.
If he loves trattoria, @Laska2Meryls la trattoria Valerio is one of the most authentic one. Very central, but not in the main street www.trattoriavalerio.com
In via Clavature, and in the nearby streets around the fruit and vegetable market, there are a ton of small cafes and restaurants which gets very busy with all the office workers. Rosarose is one of the most famous www.rosarose.it
a must -do in Bologna is the walk up to San Luca and then be rewarded by a pizza at the pizzeria Vito a San Luca, at the top the hill in front of the sanctuary .
Bologna is famous for its osterias, in which you go for a glass of wine or a small bite, start with the Osteria del Sole and then try them all to compare.
An interesting day trip is Ravenna, the capital of the Byzantine Empire and its magnificent mosaics. A very nice and pretty city for which a day is more than enough .
Be aware that in Italy, shops are closed one afternoon/week in addition to Sunday. Even if you don't intend to shop, having everything closed changes the atmosphere of the street.
Ferrara, they close on Thursday afternoon
Ravenna on Tuesday afternoon
Bologna, because it is quite an important centre might still be open on the prescribed Thursday afternoon. It is more likely the chains in the centre will be open and the boutique and small shops might be closed. Plan your out-of-town excursions accordingly.
Oo I started this thread and forgot about it, apologies and thanks to all who replied..
But found the thread again looking up places to go! We are flying out in mid Feb really looking forward to it.
Ferrera sounds good for a day trip though .. Any other great finds I should know about?
Od love to find a great ( but not posh ) restaurant for DHs actual birthday . He loves trattoria osteria type places over smart ones
Oh another idea: before you leave go to a supermarket and stock on lovely Italian goodies to eat at home. I suggest buying sachets of Saffron that in Italy are lovely, good chocolate like Novi, dried porcini mushrooms, maybe a big chunk of Parmesan cheese, lovely artichokes in a jar, polenta, riso gallo, mulino bianco biscotti, pizzoccheri della valtellina etc!
I suggest to look at the site bologna welcome.com for places to go/markets. It's in easy Italian. Oh, also in English.
Ciao I am from Italy and I'd say to you if you haven't been pop on the train (cheap, fast) to Bologna from Florence. Bologna is lovely but 5 days there may be a bot long. You can certainly have a day trip somewhere else. Perhaps Ferrara or Modena. At the beginning of February 'can' be cold and the pianura Padana is brutal... but you are from the UK not Mauritius so you should be ok!! On the other hand there have been some Februaries in Italy which are really warm and balmy.
There is a market in Bologna on Saturday which is real fun. Restaurants come and go - have a look at trip advisor and check for one with recommendations from Italians rather than all by 'Britishers' (said with love & respect - happy is 'Britisher'!)
I am actually from Tuscany rather than Emilia but do ask if you have any questions.
I'd definitely do your research. I went with a friend who had googled places to eat in advance, we would have never have known about them as many are situated centrally but in back streets.
Would highly recommend going here to pick up some tortollini for lunch
Even if it’s rainy, Bologna’s pavements have portico’s (covered roofs) which help! We just wandered with a guidebook and walked in to restaurants based on menu’s - there’s a lot of choice and we didn’t have a bad meal! As PP has said, unlike say Venice, Bologna does feel like a ‘living’ city & has a good feel to it
There is a tourist office in main square where you can get a free walking tour and book a pass to different museums and tours. Go up the tower for a great view, it is an effort, lots of rickety stairs but worthwhile. The basement of the library has excavated Roman ruins which can be seen through glass panels in the floor and you can visit - gives a great sense of the age and development of the city. Lots of great restaurants and very easy to navigate. It also has a sense of a working university city with students meeting in the evenings and a buzz in the day.
There is a 'food street' with lots of fab casual bars and restaurants- it's in the centre so easy to find
Ive just booked a 5 day city break for DH 60th in Bologna next February.
(I hope it wont be too cold/ rainy, but thats ok , we are hardy !! )
Have never been , so can anyone give me recommendations for good value but great places to eat? And anything we really shouldn't miss.?
I'd like to treat him to a foody tour I think, so any recommendations would be great , and we like walking in cities
Hotel is in the old town..
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